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Jamie Farr Toledo Classic: Breaking free

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By Vince Robitaille

GolfWRX Staff Writer

When four players find themselves tied at the ankles – going Dalton on us we could say – heading into Sunday’s action, chances are that, at least, a pair of them will provide some last-second fireworks. Let’s clear things up from the get-go, however: it wasn’t the case this weekend in Toledo; So Yeon Ryu catching her pre-round co-leaders napping and pulling off their planned hit on her own.

After two days of back and forth action that saw the off-her-best-LET-result Swede, Pernilla Lindberg, take the initial lead with an opening 65, and Chella Choi picking up the slack after her Scandinavian foe failed to lace together two-straight rounds in the red figures, the South Korean contingent that perpetually lurks around the top of the leaderboard – minus defending champion Na Yeon Choi – broke free from the mob. In fact, I.K. Kim, Jiyai Shin, Hee Kyung Seo and our eventual 2012 Jamie Farr Toledo Classic medalist all found themselves sitting on 11-under with Chella Choi and Inbee Park a single stroke behind.

The bulk of the excitement, if we refer to the tournament’s outcome, was over by the turn; the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open champion having already secured a two-shot lead on her closest pursuer, Kraft Nabisco-heartbroken I.K. Kim, at that point. Then, the onslaught began. After birdieing the ninth hole, Hee Kyung Seo proceeded to repeat the feat on the upcoming five holes, effectively leaving the whole field in the dust. If this seemingly never-ending string of boats, I mean birds – sorry Worm – wasn’t enough to astonish the lucky few that got to watch Seo’s brilliant performance – the event, sadly, wasn’t televised to the great discontent of those unable to make it to the Highland Meadows Golf Club, especially as we take into account the layoff period following the Evian Masters – the fact that none of them required more than a 6-footer might have taken care of it. Nothing quite like recording the lowest round of your career to secure your first LPGA victory as an official tour member.

Quite surprisingly, the runner-up spot wasn’t grasped by any of the six South Koreans that made up the top seven – nor by the group’s other member, namely Ai Miyazato – but by Forth Worth’s own Angela Stanford who shaved off five strokes on Sunday; enough to pull the rug from under I.K. Kim’s feet.  Speaking of Forth Worth, it should be noted that the late Ben Hogan would have celebrated his 100th birthday on the day following the conclusion of the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic.

Next week, the LPGA Tour heads out West to Portland, Ore., for the Safeway Classic Presented by Coca-Cola where Suzann Pettersen completed one of the most improbable comebacks in LPGA history last year; the Norwegian taking down the honors despite Na Yeon Choi’s nine-shot lead after moving day. With a field as deep as that of the 40-year-old event, however, the odds are well stacked against the former Rolex World No.2 in regards to an encore.

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  1. Tracy

    Aug 16, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    You confused So Yeon Ryu with Hee Kyung Seo in the third paragraph. Great performance by So Yeon Ryu!

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WRX Retrospective: Interesting photos from the 2019 Masters

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As of now, we know the 2020 Masters is going to have to wait until November. The tournament will be as exciting as it will be interesting since it will be the first modern glimpse into Augusta National beyond April.

It has also given us the great opportunity to look back with hindsight 20/20 (that was very much an unintended pun) at our pictures from 2019 to showcase some of the most noteworthy and interesting, including some potential foreshadowing of the week that was to come.

2007 Masters champion Zach Johnson isn’t one to change putters too often, but he must have been searching for something last year when testing out this TaylorMade Spider.

This was Viktor Hovland’s last Masters as an amateur. He won low amateur honors and went on to capture the same distinction at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

TaylorMade always does a wonderful job with major-themed accessories and bags. 2019 was no exception.

Little did we know at the time this was taken, this man would be leading heading into Sunday’s final round. How the tables turned so quickly.

Callaway’s collab with Seamus Golf lead to these flower-themed headcovers.

We can’t forget that Tuesday practice day was rained out and the course was closed at 10 a.m. to both players and spectators. It wasn’t the warm spring kickoff many had hoped for!

Although it was short-lived, it was a rainy Tuesday for all, including caddies.

The weather broke on Wednesday and the view up the 10th hole never gets old.

Did you realize two-time Masters champ Bubba Watson’s Flightscope has a custom pink paint job?

Inexpensive snacks and beverages are always a highlight of any Master’s visit.

The 2019 Masters featured pre-bulked Bryson, who also happened to have a custom FlightScope X3. He looks like a veritable stick!

They say a picture says 1,000 words, but in the case of Tiger Woods, we had no idea how many words would be written come Sunday.

A peek into the bag of Gary Woodland, who would go on to become the U.S. Open Champion only a few months later.

Special shoutout to Gary Woodland’s caddy Brennan Little, who hails from St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada, and is obviously a big Toronto Blue Jays fan. He was also on the bag for Mike Wier’s win in 2003.

Although the relationship was short-lived, Sergio used some very cool custom Toulon putters while on staff with Callaway Golf.

The eighth green is one of the most interesting and mounded on the course, there’s not a bunker to be found but danger lurks everywhere.

Undulations at No. 1 are a sight to be seen at ground level.

The iconic, understated clubhouse of ANGC.

The tucked-away first tee spike cleaner is something every course should have.

And of course, the iconic 12th, where so much would be decided come Sunday.

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10 interesting photos from the 2020 Players Championship

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2020 Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

The field this week featured the best golfers in the world, including Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, and more.

Rory McIlroy enters the tournament as the defending champion, looking hoist the crystal again.

Check out all our galleries below, along with highlights from TPC Sawgrass.

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Bettinardi’s St. Patrick’s Day covers  

Brand-new Srixon 745 in Keegan’s bag

Roger Sloan’s custom Cameron

Mizuno JPX 919 Hot Metal irons spotted in Nick Watney’s bag 

Joel Dahmen with a battle-worn hybrid

Fresh eggs for Patrick Reed…

Justin Rose continues to tweak his equipment

Carlos Ortiz looks to be picking up some supplies to mark the end of his driveway…

Jordan Spieth with a Vokey WedgeWorks Proto 60T in the bag

Kiradech Aphibarnrat with lead tape and stamping on cavity-back irons. Solid! 

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GolfWRX Spotted: Justin Rose with mixed bag at Arnold Palmer Invitational

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It’s not very often we get breaking equipment news this time of year on the PGA Tour schedule, but this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, one of the highest-profile players on tour, Justin Rose, was spotted testing multiple brands of clubs throughout his entire bag.

It started last week at the Honda Classic when Rose put a TaylorMade SIM driver with Mitsubishi Kuro Kage in play. As of today’s first round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Rose has a mixed set including TaylorMade, Cobra, and Titleist clubs, along with an Axis1 putter.

Here are the details of Rose’s equipment:

Driver: TaylorMade SIM (10.5 degrees @ 8.5)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 70 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Max (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 80 TX

5-wood: Cobra SpeedZone Tour (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80 X

Irons: TaylorMade P730 (4-PW)
Shafts: Project X 6.5

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (52, 56 degrees), Titleist Vokey Design Prototype K Grind (60 degrees)
Shafts: Project X 6.5 (52, 56), Proto Hi-Rev 135X (60)

Putter: Axis1 Rose
Grip: Flat Cat Svelte

Ball: TaylorMade TP5 ‘19 (No. 1)

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